There are several ways our department communicates important information to students, staff, and faculty.


The Emergency Notification Service (ENS) is used to communicate with subscribers through text, voice, and e-mail notifications. ENS messages will activate upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. For more information on ENS, visit the ENS page on the Information Technology website.

Crime Alerts

 The Pitt Police department issues a crime alert when a serious, unresolved crime is committed on or adjacent to campus; the crime creates a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community; and the likelihood of repetition is such that a report is necessary to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences. Crime alerts will not be sent for every reported crime.  Subscribing to ENS alerts does not subscribe you to receive crime alerts.”Those who subscribe to the Alerts: Crime Alerts “Notify U” list will receive crime alerts, as well as updates and other news. Subscribe now, use the Opt-In Lists tab and select Alerts: Crime Alerts. *For further assistance, follow these instructions.

Social Media & Websites

Crime alerts are also posted to Pitt Police’s Facebook, Twitter and website, with the label “Crime Alert.” You also have the option to subscribe to an RSS feed. The RSS feed automatically updates when a new alert is posted and can be bookmarked to your web browser. Visit to subscribe.

Around Campus

The alert is physically posted in the general area where the incident occurred.

Here is the latest University policy.